West Downtown Neighborhood Plan

West Downtown Plan

SURVEY NO. 2 HAS BEEN CLOSED. ON TO DRAFTING THE PLAN!!!

Survey No. 2 has been closed and the results have been tallied. We have included those results in the document center and at the link below. Staff will now move to drafting plan itself that will include short-term, mid-term, and long-range goals for the West Downtown area based on your feedback. The drafting of the plan will occur into the early fall with the final document set to be released by the end of the year. Thank you to all who participated in the public outreach effort, your feedback

SURVEY NO. 2 HAS BEEN CLOSED. ON TO DRAFTING THE PLAN!!!

Survey No. 2 has been closed and the results have been tallied. We have included those results in the document center and at the link below. Staff will now move to drafting plan itself that will include short-term, mid-term, and long-range goals for the West Downtown area based on your feedback. The drafting of the plan will occur into the early fall with the final document set to be released by the end of the year. Thank you to all who participated in the public outreach effort, your feedback was tremendous.

West Downtown Survey Results - 2018 Survey

Survey No. 2 - Overall Results

Survey No. 2 - Results_Demographic Breakout


Through this process the Planning Division has identified areas of stability and areas of change. Areas of stability are those properties where no significant change in development pattern or intensity is anticipated. The areas of stability identified in the West Downtown plan are those properties that comprise the 12th Street Historic District and some properties around the periphery of the neighborhood that have recently seen development. In addition, there are several historically-registered buildings such as Astor House, the Armory, Calvary Church, and History Park that will function as areas of stability. While there may be renovations or redevelopment within areas of stability, the character and zoning is not anticipated to change. Conversely, the commercially zoned properties, city-owned properties, and the public right-of-way in the West Downtown are viewed as areas that may see greater changes in the future (E.G. Areas of Change).




Neighborhood plans serve a variety of purposes; however, they most commonly provide guidelines for the future development of properties and various improvements recommended within their boundaries, and can lead to recommendations for zoning changes as well. Although neighborhood plans are not regulatory documents, their analysis does come into play when approving the rezoning of property or special use permits. With the creation of a new neighborhood plan comes the opportunity to evaluate the current developments within a neighborhood and determine if a more appropriate land use is desired for the future.

The results of our Fall 2018 survey revealed that the community of Golden strongly favors a neighborhood serving commercial uses, mixed-use developments, and starter homes be prioritized through future development. All of these uses are currently permitted by right under the existing zoning of C-2 (areas of change), though there may be allowed uses identified during this community engagement process that should be limited in some way. With this in mind, staff feels that evaluation efforts should be focused in areas where change is wanted and change can occur, but current municipal priorities do not align. The results of the survey indicate that the community wants better connections through the neighborhood and an emphasis placed on the enhancement of the right-of-way space. Respondents are split however, on their opinions with regards to traffic and mobility. A majority of survey respondents prefer that pedestrian connectivity and alternative mobility options be promoted in the plan. However, there remains a strong contingent in the community that prefer parking to be preserved and enhanced.

  • West Downtown Neighborhood Plan - Survey Results

    10 months ago

    The results of the West Downtown Survey are complete! Please see the document library on this page to view the results of each question. Also included is a pie/bar chart summary of one of the unique response questions, which asks "What aspects of the West Downtown neighborhood could be improved?".

    Please take a look and thank you to all who participated, and keep your eyes out for additional opportunities to participate early next year.




    The results of the West Downtown Survey are complete! Please see the document library on this page to view the results of each question. Also included is a pie/bar chart summary of one of the unique response questions, which asks "What aspects of the West Downtown neighborhood could be improved?".

    Please take a look and thank you to all who participated, and keep your eyes out for additional opportunities to participate early next year.




  • Neighborhood Influence Perspective - Clear Creek

    about 1 year ago
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    Clear Creek is one of the most recognized symbols that defines Golden. This major waterway directly abuts the West Downtown area and forms its northern boundary. Here are some key facts about Clear Creek and how it influences the West Downtown neighborhood:

    • The West Neighborhood area is bordered on the north by Clear Creek and History Park. This area attracted 170,000 visitors in 2017.

    • There is vacant, city-owned land, near the park that could be developed to enhance the park. This land could also be sold for private development.

    Clear Creek is one of the most recognized symbols that defines Golden. This major waterway directly abuts the West Downtown area and forms its northern boundary. Here are some key facts about Clear Creek and how it influences the West Downtown neighborhood:

    • The West Neighborhood area is bordered on the north by Clear Creek and History Park. This area attracted 170,000 visitors in 2017.

    • There is vacant, city-owned land, near the park that could be developed to enhance the park. This land could also be sold for private development.

    • The south-side of Clear Creek is the highpoint of the channel and is not accessed for aquatic uses. However, concepts have been discussed that would better connect the north and south borders of Clear Creek through a future pedestrian bridge.


    Here are some additional materials that reflects the City of Golden's planning effort around Clear Creek.

    North Clear Creek Plan





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  • Neighborhood Influence Perspective - 12 Street Historic District

    about 1 year ago
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    The historic significance of the West Downtown area cannot be denied. A majority of the parcels within the West Downtown area zoned for residential uses. In addition, a large historic district (12th Street Historic District) also places additional design requirements upon several registered structure in the area. History Park is also present in the north of the neighborhood along Clear Creek. Some key facts to bear in mind:

    • 50% of all commercial and residential structures within the West Downtown area carry a local or national historic designation.

    • The 12th Street Historic District comprises approximately 45% of the...

    The historic significance of the West Downtown area cannot be denied. A majority of the parcels within the West Downtown area zoned for residential uses. In addition, a large historic district (12th Street Historic District) also places additional design requirements upon several registered structure in the area. History Park is also present in the north of the neighborhood along Clear Creek. Some key facts to bear in mind:

    • 50% of all commercial and residential structures within the West Downtown area carry a local or national historic designation.

    • The 12th Street Historic District comprises approximately 45% of the West Downtown Area’s parcels.


    • The History Park along Clear Creek represents another 15% of the total West Downtown Area


    • The majority of all structures in the West Downtown Area qualify for historic designation.


    For more information about historic preservation in Golden, please use the following link: Historic Preservation








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  • Neighborhood Influence Perspective - Greater Downtown Golden

    about 1 year ago
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    Downtown Golden is one of the community’s greatest assets. The West Downtown area of downtown contains several iconic developments such as the Astor House, Armory, Cavalry Church, Miner’s Alley, and many vibrant-local businesses. However, West Downtown Golden is only part of a much larger geography that includes Washington Avenue and several properties between Washington Avenue and South Table Mountain. Each of these areas have specific plans and future land use considerations. Some key facts that influence the West Downtown area include the following:

    • The City of Golden’s visitor center currently experiences 56,000 visitors per year. The Coors...
    Downtown Golden is one of the community’s greatest assets. The West Downtown area of downtown contains several iconic developments such as the Astor House, Armory, Cavalry Church, Miner’s Alley, and many vibrant-local businesses. However, West Downtown Golden is only part of a much larger geography that includes Washington Avenue and several properties between Washington Avenue and South Table Mountain. Each of these areas have specific plans and future land use considerations. Some key facts that influence the West Downtown area include the following:

    • The City of Golden’s visitor center currently experiences 56,000 visitors per year. The Coors Brewery tour welcomes approximately 300,000 visitors a year. As these numbers continue to grow year over year, it is possible that land owners in the West Downtown area will attempt to capitalize on tourist dollars through new commercial development. The City may also see the need to reconfigure parking and expand mobility options to accommodate future growth. These are factors that may have an effect on the target area.

    • Many of the properties in West Downtown Area are within the corporate boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The DDA provides funding for private projects and developments. It also reserves funds for the general improvement and maintenance of the downtown area.

    • The DDA first prioritizes the community of Golden’s vision for Downtown. The Downtown Character Plan and the East Downtown sub-area plan are two community-driven documents that help guide the DDA’s decision making process for project funding. However, there is currently no plan in place for the West Downtown Area. The creation of a West Downtown Plan will help gather input from the local neighborhood and community, to help the DDA assist West Downtown with future funding and projects.

    • The maximum building height for commercial properties within the West Downtown Planning Area is 30 feet. Specific design considerations allow for height increases above 30 feet. The West Downtown Planning area has historically served as a buffer between residential areas to the west, and the East Downtown area, which allows for much larger development.

    • Some business owners along Washington Avenue have expressed interest in utilizing their access along Miner’s Alley for additional customer space.


    For more information about the East Downtown plan, use the following link: East Downtown Neighborhood Plan

    For more information about Washington Avenue, use the following link: Downtown Character Plan

    For more information about the Downtown Development Authority, use the following link: Golden Downtown Development Authority









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  • Neighborhood Influence Perspective - Colorado School of Mines

    about 1 year ago
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    The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) directly abuts the West Downtown Neighborhood. Some important facts to consider:

    • The School of Mines will complete a campus master plan in the fall of 2018. This document will highlight future growth of the campus, which may have an effect on the West Downtown neighborhood.

    • The potential redevelopment of the tennis courts on the west side of the 12th Street Historic District may increase the campus presence along the border of West Downtown.

    • The City of Golden and the Colorado School of Mines are considering the adoption of an Intergovernmental Agreement...

    The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) directly abuts the West Downtown Neighborhood. Some important facts to consider:

    • The School of Mines will complete a campus master plan in the fall of 2018. This document will highlight future growth of the campus, which may have an effect on the West Downtown neighborhood.

    • The potential redevelopment of the tennis courts on the west side of the 12th Street Historic District may increase the campus presence along the border of West Downtown.

    • The City of Golden and the Colorado School of Mines are considering the adoption of an Intergovernmental Agreement that will help guide and soften the transition of future campus developments with the surrounding neighborhoods.

    • The School of Mines currently has about 4,757 undergraduate students enrolled at the university. The presence of the student population is common in the West Downtown area. Students will affect the growth and maintenance of local business, the pedestrian infrastructure, as well as traffic and parking in the West Downtown area.

    • Students utilize the West Downtown area for connectivity between the main campus and other neighborhoods of Golden. By example, Illinois Street provides a direct connection across Clear Creek into the 8th and 9th Street neighborhoods. Additional pedestrian and connectivity considerations have in the past and are currently being considered through the West Downtown area.


    The City of Golden recently completed a report that polled residents that own properties surrounding the CSM campus. A copy of this report can be found here: CSM Neighborhood Report

    Sound off in the comments to let us know what you think about the West Downtown's proximity to the CSM campus and any issues you feel must be addressed.



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